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Fashion Writer Hilary Alexander has passed away

Published: February 7, 2023
Author: Fashion Value Chain

77-year-old British journalist born in New Zealand passed away on February 5, according to the Graduate Fashion Foundation, whose honorary president Alexander was appointed to in 2019. Alexander served as The Daily Telegraph’s fashion director for 26 years, and she was particularly well-known for her vigour and passion. She received an OBE in 2013 for her contributions to fashion, and in 1997 and 2003, she received two British Fashion Awards for best journalist.

The revelation was initially reported by British Vogue, where Julia Robson, a Daily Telegraph deputy, paid tribute to Alexander.

One of the first, traditional fashion journalists was Hilary. British Vogue’s editor-in-chief and the magazine’s editorial director for Europe, Edward Enninful, said to Vogue. She was humorous and her energy was contagious, so everyone was interested in what she had to say about fashion. She seemed so lively.

Alexander was a regular fashion critic for the BBC, the author of “Leopard: Fashion’s Most Powerful Print,” a book based on her favourite print, which was released in 2018, and the editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly at the time of her passing. She was instrumental in the expansion of Graduate Fashion Week, an annual showcase for up-and-coming designers organised by the Graduate Fashion Foundation. She advised young designers all over the world and visited universities to hunt for new talent as part of her duties as the foundation’s honorary president. She was also a trustee for the nonprofit.

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